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Obituaries 02/09/17

Amy Ruth Brown

WATER VALLEY—Amy Ruth Brown, age 73, passed away Saturday, February 4, 20107, in Baptist Memorial Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford.

Born October 8, 1942, in Water Valley, she was a daughter of the late Robert Lawrence and Pauline Carter Anderson. She lived in the Water Valley area most of her life. Amy took pleasure in gardening and flowers, and her favorites were violets. She was a representative for Avon Cosmetics and she retired from Holley Carburetor after many years of service there. Amy was a member of United Pentecostal Church of Water Valley.

Visitation was  held from noon until 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 7, in Seven Oaks Funeral Home. The service followed visitation at 2 p.m. in the Henry Chapel of the funeral home with Bro. Virgil Nelson and Bro. Keith Burney officiating. Burial was in the Palestine Cemetery, near Water Valley, with Daniel Busby, Danny Busby, Drew Melton, Drake Melton, Clifton Rogers, Brandon Baggett and Bill Henry as pallbearers. William Van White was an honorary pallbearer.

Amy is survived by two sons, Robert Michael Johnson and Francis Kenneth Denham (Paula); and one sister, Mary Lois Landreth, all of Water Valley.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Virginia Stewart.


John Watson Herod

WATER VALLEY—John Watson Herod, 90, of Water Valley died peacefully Friday, February 3, 3017 in Baptist Memorial  Hospital—North Mississippi at Oxford while recuperating form a fall.

John was born in Oxford and raised in Water Valley, where he resided  most of his 90 years. He was a respected member of the community. He was the only child born to the union of the late Johnson Herod and Irena Herod Jones. He was briefly husband to the late Yvonne Barnes of Waterproof, Louisiana, and loving father to their only child, Diane Herod Brown (Charles). John was later joined in marriage to Rachel Campbell of Bruce and this union of 62 years was filled with love, but also endured loss. 

Five children were born to John and Rachel: Johnny Wayne Herod (Cynthia); Barbara Herod Hence; Michael Glen Herod (deceased); Valerie Herod Belay (Mesfin); and Anthony Bernard Herod. Ten treasured grandchildren felt the welcome of grandpa’s arms: Jerrell Herod (Natalie): Rachelle Herod; Yoshia Hence; Deon Hence; Marcus Herod; Leslie Herod; Maia Belay; Raven Belay; Paulos Belay; and Ashley Herod Wambach (Nick). Six darling little great-grandchildren warmed his heart: Alexander and Henry Herod (Jerrell); Kendra Hence (Deon); and Aria, Lena and Isabella Wambach (Ashley). John also leaves behind countless other family and friends, who were blessed to have known him.

John lived a life of service. He joined the church at a young age, serving as deacon for many years at Everdale M.B. Church in Water Valley and was currently a member of Providence Church in Oxford. He also served in World War II. John retired after 30 years of teaching in public schools throughout Mississippi. He was a math teacher, a state championship-winning girls’ basketball coach, and most notably serving as Principal at Davidson High School, and Assistant High School Principal at Water Valley High School. After retirement, John continued to serve the community as Beat 2 Supervisor for Yalobusha County, and as a member of the Advisory Board for the Mississippi Council on Aging.

John was a proud graduate of Alcorn State University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. He also attended the University of Mississippi for graduate studies. John’s physical presence will be missed, but his spirit abides in the lives of all who knew him.

  The funeral service will be held Saturday, February 11, at 12 p.m. in the Civic Auditorium. Visitation will be held Friday,  February 10,  from 4-6 p.m. in the Spring Hill M.B. Church at Water Valley. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of arrangements.


Lucious Wayne Redwine

WATER VALLEY—Lucious Wayne Redwine, Sr., age 79, of Water Valley passed away on Saturday, January 28, 2017, in Regional One Medical Center at Memphis.

Born in Water Valley, Wayne was a son of the late Willie Sprouse Redwine and Cleland Laverle Redwine. A retired carpenter, he proudly served his country as a veteran of the United States Navy. He was a member of Friendship Baptist Church in Water Valley, and he was a former little league baseball coach for the Magnolia League in Water Valley. He was an avid fan and follower of Water Valley Blue Devil football. Wayne worked hard all of his life and was a man of his word. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

He leaves behind his loving family, including two daughters, Elizabeth Ann “Cissy” Blount of Louisville and Tammy Redwine Moore of Batesville; one son, Lucious Wayne “Bubba” Redwine, Jr. of  Sardis; one sister, Eleanor Mae Duncan of Batesville; six grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his wife of 37 years, Ann Nelson Redwine; and his grandson, Matthew Wayne Redwine.

The funeral service was held Friday, February 3, 2017, at one o’clock in the afternoon in the chapel of Dickins Funeral Home in Batesville, with Bro. Frank Dunn officiating. Burial followed, with military honors, in Pinecrest Memorial Gardens near Water Valley. Visitation was held in the funeral home on Thursday, February 2, from 6-8 p.m.

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